Read about first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers and patients.

August 25, 2015

Over the past four months, violent clashes between police and protesters in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura have caused hundreds injuries and displaced some 185,000 people into neighboring countries. While mass protests against President Nkurunziza’s third-term electoral bid have now died down, the city remains tense and the nights are punctuated by sporadic violence. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission Bruno Duchenne describes the situation.

August 06, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project coordinator Thierry Goffeau was in Aden, Yemen, from mid-May to early August, when violence was at extreme levels in the capital city. Here, he describes the situation.

July 30, 2015

By Karen Stewart, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Very early one morning a few years ago, nine-year-old Annie appeared in the waiting area at our clinic in Lae, Papua New Guinea (PNG), clutching her mother and staring at the floor. Her mother told the registrar that Annie had not spoken a word, nor attended school, in two years. She didn’t know what was wrong with Annie and wanted her tested to find out if the child had had sex.

January 15, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinical psychologist Hélène Thomas carried out two assignments in Central African Republic (CAR) between April and December 2014 and opened MSF’s program of medical and psychological support for victims of sexual violence (VSV) at the general hospital in Bangui, CAR’s capital.

Again and again, she heard the testimonies of people imprisoned by violence and trauma.

December 04, 2014

Maartje Hoetjes, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse and emergency team member, shares some experiences from her time at Leer hospital in South Sudan.

Two people with gunshot wounds are brought to the MSF hospital in Leer. They were at a wedding celebration the previous evening when someone entered and started shooting. Five people were seriously injured. Two of them managed to reach our hospital but the other three died on the way.

October 07, 2013

Dr. Henrike Zellmann, an MSF psychologist working with Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, talks about the services MSF is offering to address growing mental health needs. 

September 24, 2013

A recently returned MSF midwife discusses the process of providing maternal and obstetric care in war-ravaged Syria, along with some of the more memorable women she met while in the country.

September 09, 2013

MSF nurse Caroline Scholtes describes the situation in Jonglei State, where some 80,000 people have gone missing after outbreaks of violence in recent months.

August 19, 2013

Dr. Marcus Bergman, part of MSF's team in Pinga, in DRC's North Kivu province, relates a harrowing episode that occurred shortly before worsening insecurity forced MSF to suspend its programs in the area.

July 26, 2013

Airstrikes and clashes dominate daily life in Syria, where MSF runs six hospitals, four health centers, and several mobile clinic programs. Here, MSF patients and refugees tell their stories.

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